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Yes Minister

Season 1 Episode 4

Big Brother

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 17, 1980 on BBC Two
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Episode Summary

When the Government is planning to introduce a national database, Jim wants to bring in safe guards, but Sir Humphrey stalls until with some help from the opposition, Jim gets his way.

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    Frederick Jaeger

    Frederick Jaeger

    2nd TV Interviewer

    Guest Star

    Robert McKenzie

    Robert McKenzie

    1st TV Interviewer

    Guest Star

    Neil Fitzwiliam

    Neil Fitzwiliam

    Frank Weisel

    Guest Star

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    • QUOTES (5)

      • Bernard: If you could be fairly quick, Sir Humphrey, he does have cabinet at ten.
        Sir Humphrey: I can be very quick, Bernard. The word 'no' is one of the shortest in the language.

      • (Hacker is being interviewed about the new National Integrated Database.)
        Jim Hacker: (Waffling) Computers are big... big business and... and are good news.
        Interviewer: But minister, if you put information into the machine, you'll eventually take information out of the machine.
        Jim Hacker: (Faltering) Not necessarily.

      • Jim: Look Tom, you were in office for years. You know all Civil Service tricks.
        Tom Sargent: Oh not all good boy, just a few hundred.

      • Sir Humphrey: If there had been investigations, which there haven't, or not necessarily, or I'm not at liberty to say whether there have, there would have been a project team which, had it existed, on which I cannot comment, which would now have disbanded, if it had existed, and the members returned to their original departments, if indeed there had been any such members.

      • Jim: I'm glad you asked me that question, because... It's a question a lot of people are asking and why? Because a lot of people want to know the answer to it... and lets be quite clear about this, without beating about the bush, the plain fact of the matter is... that it's a very important question indeed and people have a right to know.
        Interviewer: Minister, we haven't yet had the answer.
        Jim: I'm sorry, what was the question?

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